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Other Vintages: 2013 | 2009
Saint Clair 2013 Vintage

Saint Clair
Awatere Valley Reserve Noble Riesling 2013

A decadent dessert wine with flavours of apricot, orange blossom and lemon-zest.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

Colour:

Golden

Aroma:

Deliciously complex with a bouquet of soft dried apricot, honey and underlying notes of orange blossom.

Palate:

The palate shows luscious pear and stone fruit with a hint of beeswax and a long lingering honey and lemon zest finish.

Ageing potential:

Drinking beautifully now but will age well and further develop complexity for six to ten years.

Winemaking:

The Noble Riesling grapes are hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and tank fermented, with selected yeasts specifically designed to develop noble characters. Fermentation is arrested when the ideal balance is achieved, as determined by the winemaking team. The resulting wine maintains a high residual sugar balanced by its natural acidity.

Viticulture:

Fruit was sourced from the Blind River Valley, a sub region of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The vineyard is on wind-blown alluvial soils over river stone and clay. Vines run south-west to north-east and are on vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellising with two canes. During the growing season of 2013 exceptional conditions provided extremely consistent botrytis infection leading to full concentration of sugars and flavours.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.00% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 9.70 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 140.00 g/litre, pH: 3.43.

Food match:

Serve chilled with ripened soft cheese or dried fruit. It is also a beautiful match with fresh fruit salad or an apricot pie with whipped cream.

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